Lucinda Literary

Lucinda Literary Lucinda Literary, founded in 2011, is a literary management firm specializing in “ideas” or “big think” books that look to change the way people work, behave, and live.
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We selectively represent fiction. Most often, our clients come to us already well-known in their fields as original thinkers or voices—they are business leaders, scientists, or bring a strong media or online profile. But sometimes, there is just a great title concept. Or a great story that requires a professional writer. We help develop books from the ground up. Lucinda Literary selectively represents fiction. We look for voice-driven, emotionally raw, and often unconventionally told novels for adults and young adults. In children’s books, we seek stories that transport us and break new ground, much in the way our adult books do. Lucinda Literary’s Speakers Bureau was founded in 2016 to offer lecture opportunities and relationships to all Lucinda Literary authors, along with a select list of authors represented by our colleagues. Bringing a background in marketing, along with media and film relationships, we are above all strategists and advocates not just for the books, but for the entire careers of our authors. We take on a small number of new clients by design, which allows us to be hands-on, attentive, and editorially invested.

Congratulations to our speaking client Sam Wasson for landing a book adaptation deal with Ben Affleck and Paramount! Rea...
08/14/2020
Ben Affleck To Direct Adaptation of ‘Big Goodbye’ For Paramount; Behind-The-Scenes Story Of The Making of ‘Chinatown’

Congratulations to our speaking client Sam Wasson for landing a book adaptation deal with Ben Affleck and Paramount! Read about The Big Goodbye below:
http://ow.ly/8TQC50AZvjr

EXCLUSIVE: After earning some of the best reviews of his acting career for The Way Back, Ben Affleck is ready to make his return behind the camera, and he looks to have zeroed in on his next direct…

What are book editors looking for? If we were to get a glimpse into the mind of an editor, what would be the top 5 thing...
08/13/2020
5 Ways to Think Like an Editor - Lucinda Literary: Authors Representatives and Speakers Bureau

What are book editors looking for? If we were to get a glimpse into the mind of an editor, what would be the top 5 things they might focus on in your submission? http://ow.ly/mrW650ARIKF

There are several common factors an editor at a publishing house is assessing when deciding whether to take a chance on your work. If we were to enter the mind of that editor, the top 5 things he or she might focus on when reviewing your submission would be:

We may not have been able to travel this summer, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still experience exotic locales!http://o...
08/09/2020
Time for a Literary Road Trip

We may not have been able to travel this summer, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still experience exotic locales!
http://ow.ly/OtXo50ASFw6

If you’re feeling nostalgic for the quintessential summer vacation, pick up one of these books.

Want to read something cold and dark during this heatwave? Check out the The New York Times Books "Guide to Nordic Noir,...
08/08/2020
A Guide to Nordic Noir

Want to read something cold and dark during this heatwave? Check out the The New York Times Books "Guide to Nordic Noir,” by Tina Jordan and Marilyn Stasio here: http://ow.ly/iSln50AMP1x

Want to read something cold and dark on a hot summer day? We’ve got recommendations.

@noname and other Black thought leaders have taken what Oprah’s book club established, and made it something new with No...
08/07/2020
Noname Book Club

@noname and other Black thought leaders have taken what Oprah’s book club established, and made it something new with Noname's Book Club—an online/irl book club dedicated to uplifting POC voices. Check them out here: http://ow.ly/e7Nx50AMODh

From cult classics to the words of emergent authors, Noname Book Club highlights books that speak on human conditions in critical and original ways.

What are peer mentors and what is their role in your success story? Find out in this thoughtful Forbes article, “How Pee...
08/06/2020
How Peer Mentors Can Help You Succeed

What are peer mentors and what is their role in your success story? Find out in this thoughtful Forbes article, “How Peer Mentors Can Help You Succeed,” by Ruth Gotian: http://ow.ly/mj3b50AMOx5

Mentors with experience and social capital are important, but peer mentors are equally critical yet often overlooked.

Our author Tonya Harris, an award-winning environmental toxin expert, stopped by Indy Style to discuss some cleaning and...
07/30/2020
Cleaning & disinfecting do's & don'ts

Our author Tonya Harris, an award-winning environmental toxin expert, stopped by Indy Style to discuss some cleaning and disinfecting do's and don’ts: http://ow.ly/WUEQ50AHqF4

Tonya Harris, an award-winning environmental toxin expert, stopped by Indy Style to discuss some cleaning and disinfecting do's and don'ts. Here are some of the things Tonya recommended: DO clean before disinfecting. Cleaning means using a soap or detergent to physically remove

07/29/2020
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Earlier this month, the winners of the L.A. Times Books prizes gave virtual acceptance speeches in light of the pandemic. A standout speech was made by Namwali Serpell, winner of the Art Seidenbaum Award for her book THE OLD DRIFT. Find the rest of the speeches here: http://ow.ly/VueP50AHquG

#bookprizes #authors

We have five writers signed up for our new Letter Better Advanced program and room for just one more! Lucinda is extreme...
07/29/2020
Workshops - Lucinda Literary: Authors Representatives and Speakers Bureau

We have five writers signed up for our new Letter Better Advanced program and room for just one more! Lucinda is extremely excited to workshop material, share real-time feedback, and answer everyone's publishing questions.

Want to join in on this experience? Join here today: http://ow.ly/IzGp50ALsha

Wishing for consistent, personal support and guidance from an industry professional? Ideal for those who have already taken a first Letter Better workshop, our new Letter Better Advanced program offers continued coaching and access to Lucinda and other writers in our community. Like nothing else on....

The Lucinda Literary team is excited to announce our Letter Better Advanced Program! Get consistent, personalized suppor...
07/28/2020
Workshops - Lucinda Literary: Authors Representatives and Speakers Bureau

The Lucinda Literary team is excited to announce our Letter Better Advanced Program! Get consistent, personalized support and guidance from Lucinda every other week, and keep your publishing goals on track.

Apply here: http://ow.ly/PE2R50AHqgq

#writer #nonfiction #support #litagent

Publishing shouldn’t be so mysterious. Lucinda Literary is thrilled to offer one-on-one and group workshops and coaching programs for writers at any stage in the publishing process. We’ll cover subjects ranging from improving your query letter and agent strategy, to fiction workshops with New Yo...

We can’t wait to see what wonderful books Penguin Random House and actress, stand-up comedian, producer, and, most recen...
07/25/2020
Phoebe Robinson Launches A Curated Line Of Books, Tiny Reparations Books

We can’t wait to see what wonderful books Penguin Random House and actress, stand-up comedian, producer, and, most recently, founder of Tiny Reparations Books Phoebe Robinson will be churning out of their newest imprint!
http://ow.ly/9qIf50AHq0z

#diversity #blackfemaleleaders #tinyreparationsbooks #imprint

NPR's Sarah McCammon speaks with comedian, actress, producer and author Phoebe Robinson about her upcoming imprint with publishing company Plume, Tiny Reparations Books.

MAKING SPACE, CLUTTER FREE, by Tracy McCubbin, has hit #1 on Kindle again! Pick up your copy here: http://ow.ly/Vene50AH...
07/24/2020

MAKING SPACE, CLUTTER FREE, by Tracy McCubbin, has hit #1 on Kindle again! Pick up your copy here: http://ow.ly/Vene50AHpJY

We can’t recommend enough Aerogramme Writers' Studio's guest post, “10 1/2 Commandments of Writing” by The New York Time...
07/22/2020
10½ Commandments of Writing

We can’t recommend enough Aerogramme Writers' Studio's guest post, “10 1/2 Commandments of Writing” by The New York Times bestselling science-fiction author, Sean Williams! http://ow.ly/jBkz50AFojF

A guest post by Sean Williams Every author is asked by new writers for advice. There is, however, no all-encompassing, single answer that also happens to be correct. Quite a lot of commonly offered suggestions…

THE INDOMITABLE FLORENCE FINCH by Robert J. Mrazek just hit shelves TODAY! Go pick up your own, must-read copy here: htt...
07/21/2020
The Indomitable Florence Finch

THE INDOMITABLE FLORENCE FINCH by Robert J. Mrazek just hit shelves TODAY! Go pick up your own, must-read copy here: http://ow.ly/VGD950AEyik

#HappyPubDay #readinglist @Hachette Books

"An American hero-long forgotten-finally gets her due in this riveting narrative. You will absolutely love Florence Finch: her grit, her compassion, her figh...

It’s so important to get your query letter email just right, beginning with grammar, spelling, and simply effective case...
07/19/2020
Write your best with Grammarly.

It’s so important to get your query letter email just right, beginning with grammar, spelling, and simply effective case-making! If you’re not familiar with the Grammarly app, consider adding it to your query arsenal. http://ow.ly/U4QJ50Avndn

Grammarly makes sure everything you type is easy to read, effective, and mistake-free. Try it today:

With a wave of deaths & retirements, publishers are prompted to name new leaders. The industry is now experiencing a rar...
07/17/2020
In Publishing, ‘Everything Is Up for Change’

With a wave of deaths & retirements, publishers are prompted to name new leaders. The industry is now experiencing a rare moment of transformation that promises to influence the books put out into the world. #publishing #bookcommunity
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/15/books/book-publishing-leadership.html

A wave of deaths and retirements prompted publishers to name new leaders. Now the industry is in a rare moment of transformation that promises to influence the books put out into the world.

His most personal and vulnerable work yet, our recent deal for Chris Bailey's FINDING CALM is a story of what happens wh...
07/16/2020
Recent Deal: Finding Calm by Chris Bailey - Lucinda Literary: Authors Representatives and Speakers Bureau

His most personal and vulnerable work yet, our recent deal for Chris Bailey's FINDING CALM is a story of what happens when we pursue productivity at all costs, with a counterintuitive solution that we can, in fact, accomplish more with less.
http://ow.ly/Kape50AzhZT

FINDING CALM is a story of what happens when we pursue productivity at all costs, with a counterintuitive solution that we can, in fact, accomplish...

Inspired by the mountains of British Columbia, in ADVENTURES IN OPTING OUT, Cait Flanders uses the metaphor of preparing...
07/15/2020
Serenity Now: Health & Wellness Books 2020

Inspired by the mountains of British Columbia, in ADVENTURES IN OPTING OUT, Cait Flanders uses the metaphor of preparing for a long hike to show how we can gather the mental tools needed to embark on a life-altering journey. Preorder today! http://ow.ly/TN4o50Azhd0 #readinglist #authors

Forthcoming titles encourage readers to focus on the things they can control.

Positive Writer posts encouraging articles, helpful writing prompts, and consistent advice to combat the discouragement ...
07/14/2020
How Crushing Disappointment Can Make You a BETTER Writer

Positive Writer posts encouraging articles, helpful writing prompts, and consistent advice to combat the discouragement that often comes with writing in isolation. When your ideas become muddled in self-doubt, we love turning to this heartening article. http://ow.ly/qoTi50AvmRb

Why in your right mind would you choose to put your creative work out into the world again? It’s a question that’s plagued me for the past 10 years. All…

Our favorite books on the craft of #writing and the pains and joys of “ass in chair” time, as author and Creative Writin...
07/13/2020

Our favorite books on the craft of #writing and the pains and joys of “ass in chair” time, as author and Creative Writing Director Bret Anthony Johnston calls it:

BIRD BY BIRD by Anne Lamott
NAMING THE WORLD: AND OTHER EXERCISES FOR THE CREATIVE WRITER by Bret Anthony Johnston
HOW TO WRITE LIKE TOLSTOY by Richard Cohen

Our latest book deal ROLL RED ROLL is the debut of award-winning documentary film director & producer Nancy Schwartzman,...
07/11/2020
Recent Deal: Roll Red Roll by Nancy Schwartzman - Lucinda Literary: Authors Representatives and Speakers Bureau

Our latest book deal ROLL RED ROLL is the debut of award-winning documentary film director & producer Nancy Schwartzman, drawing from the 2012 Steubenville, Ohio high school rape case and shedding a new light on the prevalence of rape culture in America through the lens of one Midwestern town. http://ow.ly/8bzl50Avm6W

ROLL RED ROLL is an exposé based on the film of the same name from award-winning documentary film director, producer and media strategist Nancy Schwartzman,...

Our author Cait Flanders found that 'doing' rather than 'having' is a better way to spend your salary. Check out her app...
06/24/2020
‎The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos: Demonic Possessions on Apple Podcasts

Our author Cait Flanders found that 'doing' rather than 'having' is a better way to spend your salary. Check out her appearance on Dr. Laurie Santos’s The Happiness Project, where she examines why investing in experiences like concerts, vacations and dining out can give us a long-term happiness boost that buying things just can't match. http://ow.ly/GTGh50AcPaB

‎Show The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos, Ep Demonic Possessions - Jun 14, 2020

Our speaker Morra Aarons-Mele explores the collective grief and trauma that black men and women are facing, and how whit...
06/23/2020
Discomfort, Anxiety, and Grief: Confronting Racism with Colleagues

Our speaker Morra Aarons-Mele explores the collective grief and trauma that black men and women are facing, and how white colleagues, employees, and managers can push through the discomfort and anxiety they feel when addressing issues of race and racism in their personal conversations. http://ow.ly/iIqj50A8caM

How to have difficult conversations with colleagues about racism, and recognize the pain and trauma underlying police brutality.

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